describe the TV series production that you worked on?
The animated weather forecast for kids is a series of 3
minutes episodes where Toobo, a bonobo monkey, gives kids a practical advice
on how to dress for the day, based on each region’s daily weather report. He
also teaches kids various topics like politeness, DIY projects, healthy
eating and ecology!
The show is delivered via an FTP site,
and uses data from meteorology companies. It was initially designed to be
watched by children but has progressively gained a strong following among
parents looking for clues on how to dress their kids for that day.
The challenge with this production is to produce and broadcast a
daily weather report presented by Toobo. It is not just about the
issue of weather but an appointment with this 10 year old ape, who
loves meteorology and astronomy. He welcomes us into his room and shares his
day to day life with us. Through stories, we discover his friends, passions,
To constantly renew the animation, story and characters, and avoid any
redundancy in this TV series is a whole other challenge in itself.
How did you succeed to produce the TV
two technical problems, the animation of the character's body and the facial
1) Animating the body: we created banks
of stock animations and regularly re-use bits of these that we
mix and match based on the given scene in Autodesk Maya.
2) Lipsync: to save us an enormous amount of time with our lipsync
animations, we decided to use Voice-O-Matic. It would
have been impossible to produce a daily television
program without automation tools of this quality.
We only have one character and it has
required months of preparation(modeling, texturing, rigging and
rendering), during the first year
of production we produced and put together a database of
animations and sound banks.
Pre-production lasted four months and
was conducted by a team of about 30 professionals of varying backgrounds (designers, art, directors,
copywriters, modelers, animators, renderers, riggers, sound engineers, actors, directors, project
managers and not to mention the financial and administrative staff).
The success of this project is that we’ve managed to meet the expectations of broadcasters who were not necessarily looking
for a children’s weather show.
Every day we have
an appointment with the public’s concerns that we cannot afford to miss. Toobo can
be a great intermediary between children and parents. And he has good insights
for selecting a proper outfit for any given day, like for example Toobo insists
that a ray of sunshine in spring doesn’t mean the temperatures still aren’t warm
enough and you should wear a coat.